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I had my period around 15 years, quite late compared to the average of my friends
and I remember that I waited for them with impatience justified by the fact that having your period for the first time is an important event in a girl’s life. In fact, it is explained to you during an aside mother-daughter talk that you are now a “WOMAN”. As if we were in an airlock waiting to finally receive a kind of legitimacy …
The taboo of menstrual blood.
During my first period, I was filled with excitement and pride to finally get into the closed circle of “women” and share a secret. I realized later that this secret was actually a little bit restrictive to keep. We have been taught to relegate the menstrual blood to the sphere of the taboo, the embarrassing secret. 15 years later, things have not changed and the subject is still uncomfortable when it is mentioned publicly.
Access to hygienic protection is not obvious in the world because of a relatively high cost. I watched several documentaries that show young girls who come to hate their bodies that inflicts them such shame. They are forced to miss school during their menstrual days, about a week every month. A fact that is still widening the gap in schooling between girls and boys.
In France, the debate still focuses on the taxation of hygienic protection products. For these products, the idea would be to lower the tax rate of these product of first necessity. Yes “product of first necessity”, in case it’s not clear enough, we do not purposely have our periods.
Règles élémentaires and Kmerpads, two initiatives that change the rules.
Once, I thought about how homeless women do when they have their period. Being homeless is already a dramatic situation, so being a homeless woman …
So I did my little research and I share with you the initiative of “Règles Elementaires”, the first French association for collecting intimate hygiene products for homeless and poorly housed women.
Man or Woman, if you want to change the rules, you can proceed in different ways:
– Give hygiene products in one of the many collection points
– Become an organizer of a collect
– Redistribute collected products to the poorest
– Install a donation box at his workplace
– Join the team of the association
– To lend a hand to the organizers of collections in your department
– Establish a partnership
– Make a donation
For more information, visit HERE the Règles Elementaires Association website.
If you live in Cameroon, there is an association called Kmerpads that produces and distributes hygienic washable, reusable and economical hygiene protections.
To help this association, you can donate for refugee women in Cameroon (from Nigeria and CAR), for women in prison and for girls in school.
For more information, visit the KmerPads website HERE .
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